MKA'23 (06/21 to 06/25)

About Maha Kumbhabhishekam

The Maha Kumbhabhishekam is the consecration festival of the Temple and its deities once every 12 years, per Agama Sastra. In Sanskrit, the word “Maha” means Grand, "Kumbha" means Kalasha, a scared pot, and "Abhishekam" means consecration or sprinkling of holy water. Together, Maha Kumbhabhishekam refers to the consecration of the temple, and sprinkling holy water on temple's Shikar (Gopuram) and its deities.

During the Maha Kumbhabhishekam, the divine energies are re-invoked through elaborate Pujas and Yagnas into the Kumbhas (or Kalashas) containing the holy water (from holy rivers or ritually purified). This holy water is then poured from the Kalashas over the Vigrahas (Deities) and the Temple Shikars (Gopurams) to re-energize the Temple and its surroundings.

Maha Kumbhabhishekam will be celebrated from Wed June 21st to Sunday June 25th, 2023.

This is 2nd Maha Kumbhabhishekam for our Temple after the 1st one in 2011. See 2011 Recap Video hereMaha Kumbhabhishekam 2023 is even more special for us, as it’s the 1st Kumbhabhishekam after the Shikar Sthapana in 2016.

Significance of Maha Kumbhabhishekam: Click here

Please partake in this supreme consecration festival with your family & friends and seek the divine's blessings.


Maha Kumbhabhishekam will be celebrated from Wed June 21st to Sunday June 25th, 2023.

Our Pujarijis have come up with a great schedule that includes various blissful Pujas and powerful Havans. We plan to have 9 priests and multiple Havan Kunds (per Agama Sastra) in a large tent in the parking lot. 

Pujas include Go & Ashwa (Cow/Horse), for the 1st time at our Temple Diya Puja (or Deepa Puja), a communal puja performed for Sri Maha Lakshmi for prosperity by all the ladies themselves (with priests' guidance), and Suvasani Puja to name a few. Havans include Ganapati Homam, Chandi Homam, Rudra Homam, Maha Sudarshana Homam, Sri Ramtarak Havan, and Ram Chalisa/Hanuman Chalisa Havan.

On the last day, Maha Kumbha Prokshana will be performed on the Shikars, Maha Abhishekam for all Murti's, and Thiru Kalyanam (Holy Marriage) for Sri Sita-Ram and Sri Shiva-ParvathiSchedule includes Cultural Performances, Bhajan/Kirtans and renowned musicians performing mystic Nadaswaram music. Our volunteers will also prepare sumptuous Maha Prasad Lunch & Dinner daily.

 See Program Summary here.




In Vedic culture, doing Seva (selfless service) is an important part of spiritual sadana. It helps create love, harmony, and peace in our daily lives.

A festival of this magnitude needs lots of volunteer's support.  Temple needs volunteers for various activities before, during and after the festival including masonry, carpentry, painting, general cleaning, rangoli, decorations, parking management etc. Please consider joining the Temple's Volunteer WhatsApp group here, where volunteer needs are posed from time to time. Together let's enjoy the spiritual festivities!

Youth Volunteers opportunities exist. Youth can join the dedicated Youth Volunteers WhatsApp group here.


This once-in-12-years supreme consecration festival of this magnitude is only possible with the support of Generous Donors, Committed Volunteers and Supportive Community.


Devotees are requested to actively participate in this 5-days festival, feel the vibrations and seek the divine blessings.

Please see various Sponsorship opportunities below

Link to Sponsorship Pledge Form: MKA'23 Pledge Form

Sponsorship options are tailored to give devotees various options to choose from

(Click the Title Link below for more details)


Sponsorship packages include
- All / Most Havans and Puja Sankalpams

- Rama Raksha Paduka Puja at your home!

- Sri Sita-Rama and/or Sri Shiva-Parvathy Kalyanam

- 2023 Brahmotsavam & Annual Puja Sponsorships


Click to Sponsor

Individual Sponsorship for each 
- Havan

- Kalasa Puja

- Diya Puja (Mahalakshmi Puja)

- Maha Abhishekam

- Go/Ashwa Puja Archana

$31 to $251

Click to Sponsor
$ of your choice

Donation options for various Causes:

- Maha Prasad

- Devatha Vastram, Garlands 

- Sumangali Puja, Nadaswaram

- Priests Sambavana, Vastram 


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Parking will be restricted at Temple during the event.

Details on Parking Lot and Shuttle Transportation are forthcoming.


Volunteers who are able to help manage Transportation are requested to join the
dedicated WhatsApp Group here:

Live Streaming Information

Click the logos to view the Livestream of the event

2011 Maha Kumbhabhishekam Facts (Approximate)

MKA'23 Organizing Committee

MKA'23 Organizing Committee consists of Executive Council, Board of Trustees, and Community Leaders.

Organizing Commitee Leads for various work-streams are supported by Core Team-Members and many Volunteers.


Organizing Committee Leads

Pujas, Samigiri & Supplies
Hema Ramkumar

Jyothi Bhagavatula

Harikrishnan V. Pillai

Priests Food
Jyothi Bhagavatula

Neivedhyam Prasadam
Keerthi S / Alamelu Govind

Maha Prasad & Supplies
Ajay Sikaram & OP Gupta

Facility & Renovations 
Anil Menon

Safety & Security
Rajiv Anand

Setup (Tent & Havans etc.)
Anil Menon & Jeganathan

Communicaitons & Website
Prema Sahitala & Radhe Syam

Live-Streaming & Audio
Radhe Syam & Anurag Agarwal

Harikrishnan V. Pillai & Raj Sahitala

Sonu Johar & Chetna Chandrakala

Sponsors Scheduling & Tambulam
Sanjay Nair & Usha Kanthala

Volunteers Coordination
Priyanka Pariti

Community Outreach
Harikrishnan V. Pillai & Sanjay Mathur

Dr. S. Kumar / Radhika Ramesh

Transportation & Parking
Om Popli & Shridhar Kadappanavar

Finance & Budgets
Kitty Koul

Community Leaders
Dr. S. Kumar, Lakshmi Rao, Singa Singaravelu, Ravi Rasu.

Supported by many Core Team-Members and Volunteers 


If you have any questions, please write to us at or call 585-427-8190. Alternatively, please contact any Executive Council (EC) Member or MKA'23 Organizing Committe Member or fill up this form below. One of us will be in touch with you soon!

Address: 120 Pinnacle Road Pittsford NY 14534 US. | Mailing Address: Hindu Temple of Rochester, INC.P.O. Box 20061,Rochester NY 14602-0061 | Phone: 585.427.8091